Major South African drinks producer, Distell, has confirmed a three-year sponsorship of the Africa-based Team Dimension Data Qhubeka cycle racing team.

Speaking ahead of its new marketing campaign, Enchanting life, Olivier Legrand has told Drinks International the world's third largest champagne brand sacrificed sales in the short term to protect its future.

There is an astonishing level of consumer confusion in an increasingly proliferated wine industry, according to wine consultant Mike Paul.

Aimé Guibert RIP

16 May, 2016

Aimé Guibert, the founder and winemaker of the Mas de Daumas Gassac estate, passed away on Saturday May 14, aged 91.

Amorim, the world’s leading maker of natural cork stoppers, claims to have achieved a major technological breakthrough.

Master of wine Tim Atkin believes the 2015 vintage in Bordeaux is the best since 2010 but says it is nevertheless mixed.

The Champagne Academy has celebrated its 60th anniversary and launched the 2016 programme of its annual trip to Champagne next month (June).

English Wine production in 2015 was still the second highest volume recorded despite cool conditions and smaller grapes, according to latest Wine Standards Branch figures. 

Kingsland Drinks is launching a sweet-shop inspired range of fusion wines to capitalise on the demand for fusion drinks.

Australian winemaker Neil McGuigan has joined forces with Hunter Valley-born TV presenter and chef John Torode to create a Pinot Noir Rosé.

Denbies Wine Estate will be exhibiting at the London Wine Fair 2016 for the first time. 

English sparkling wine brand Nyetimber has announced the launch of its second Tillington Single Vineyard vintage. 

The Esporão and Save Tua Platform launched the “Last Days of Tua” campaign in March this year in order to raise the public’s awareness towards the end of The Foz Tua dam  - which will lead to coastal erosion - and the effect on the region’s wine production.

Only about 8% of wine farms in South Africa make money, according to a leading winemaker from the Rainbow Nation

Exton Park has announced the launch of a 100% Pinot Meunier Rose, which, the producer claims is the first of its kind in England.

Organisers from London Wine Fair 2016 have announced there will be over 400 grape varieties showcased at the event.

Kingsland Drinks will showcase a new portfolio at London Wine Fair 2016 this month after completing its strategic integration of two businesses. 

Badet Clément is celebrating its 20th anniversary with an introduction of a 50,000HL winery. 

Côtes du Rhône Wines exports have increased worldwide due to rising consumer confidence in the quality of the wines, according to the latest figures.

New Zealand wine brand Cloudy Bay is returning for a fourth year to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The United Kingdom Vineyards Association has named Barry Lewis as its first chief executive officer.

The Simpsons Wine Estate is starting on ‘phase two’ of its sparkling wine development by preparing its second vineyard site for plantation in mid May. 

Wines of South Africa has launched a new UK generic tasting for the trade only, called ‘Intrepid South Africa’.

Kingsland Drinks has this week unveiled its carbonation line, making it the ‘first UK bottler company to sparkle wine’.

Burgundy producers have approved a new ranking system for sparkling wine Crémant de Bourgogne.

P&S Commercial Group has launched a brand of wines from Chile in partnership with Viña Santa Irene.

In the April edition of the magazine Drinks International published the results of its Wine Design and Wine Marketing Awards, Christian Davis reports.

Total champagne shipments in 2015 are up 1.7% on 2014, to 312,531,444, bottles, the highest volume figure recorded since 2011, according to the CIVC (Comité interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne).

González Byass has announced that it has bought the Rías Baixas winery, Pazos de Lusco.

Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, has become the ninth Great Wine Capital.

Casella Family Brands has announced plans to establish a base in England to better manage its Yellow Tail brand in the UK with a long-term aim to  extend into other European markets.

The latest annual Australian and New Zealand Wine Industry Directory (WID) shows that the number of wine producers have decreased and vineyard has shrunk.

MP Wines has launched Lez Nez, three ranges from two old and new world wineries that ‘challenge traditional wine expectations.’

Accolade Wines has announced that its recently acquired Mud House New Zeland wine brand is the official sponsor of the 2017 British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.

Treasury Wine Estates' Penfolds has been voted The World’s Most Admired Wine Brand, usurping two-time winner Torres. 

Krug has been named the World’s Most Admired Champagne Brand. 

Gallo announces UK plans

01 March, 2016

E&J Gallo, the world’s largest wine producer, has unveiled its plans for supporting its major brands in the UK.

Concha y Toro has announced the renewal of the Casillero del Diablo sponsorship of Sky Movies.

Sogrape appoints new MD for UK

02 February, 2016

The Sogrape Group has announced the appointment of Gonçalo Sousa Machado as its new Sogrape UK managing director.

Conviviality has announced revenues were up 38% to £252m for the half-year ending November 1, despite a company restructuing following the acquisition of Matthew Clark.

The Consejo Regulador Jerez-Xérès-Sherry and Manzanilla-Sanlúcar de Barrameda, has announced the retirement of its Sherry Wines UK director, Graham Hines.

Unearth Wines Unearthed

01 February, 2016

Organisers of the Wines Unearthed initiative is calling for participants at this year’s London Wine Fair.

The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction organisers say there are 40 extraordinary once-off lots, the selling of which will benefit youth education in the South African winelands.

Cape Wine Auction dates

28 January, 2016

The organisers of the Cape Wine Auction, described as South Africa’s most successful charity fundraiser, has announced that it will take place on February 12 and 13 at Klein Constantia.

New Zealand wine exports have reached a new record high of $1.54 billion for the 2015 year, up 14% on 2014, according to New Zealand Winegrowers.

Wine Australia has announced that its exports have jumped 14% to AUS$2.1 billion in 2015, the highest growth in value since October 2007.

Napa wineries drop port

21 January, 2016

Three winery members of the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) have announced that they are giving up voluntarily the use of port on their fortified dessert wine labels.

The Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB) has approved unanimously its Plan Bourgogne 2020 for managing sustainably the wine region’s production potential.

New Zealand Winegrowers has announced that Gisborne will play host to New Zealand’s first Chardonnay and Sparkling Wine Symposium next month.

WSET Educator of the Year

19 January, 2016

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s Educator of the Year is Chris Powell of the Local Wine School network of 23 wine schools dotted around the UK.

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